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Happy Birthday, and how's agile changed in your life time?

Happy Birthday Agile Staffs - 5 years! It's been emotional...

From those early days at the Pie and Ale with Paul Shannon, Neil Kidd and countless regulars that have come and gone. Even 5 years ago agile software development was little known in the Midlands.

We went through a struggled phase a couple of years ago with only around 3 attendees at sessions but we've recently been able to increase membership and have enjoyed some great sessions.

I've suggested this session should be an open discussion about how agile has changed in these times. Is it more popular than before? Is the manifesto still relevant, and being used to affect software development, or are we just cargo-culting? Stand-ups for stand-up sake, not actually delivering each iteration, not taking notice of WIP? What can we do to make sure Agile Staffs still here in another 5 years?

We should wrap up a little earlier than usual, and finish the birthday celebrations at the Knot and Plough around the corner.

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  • Ruth M.

    Excellent! Very good range of talks, and Mel's poem was FAB!

    2 · November 27, 2015

    • Andy W.

      I'm always slightly afraid when someone says "poem" but yes, it was really good!

      November 27, 2015

  • Paul B.

    Hey, didn't if I was to able make tonight. Turns out I'm going to have to skip out unfortunately, rather gutted! Got to go and get Beckie from the airport!
    Have a great night!

    1 · November 26, 2015

  • Melinda M.

    Thanks all was great to get together this evening and feel lucky I've been able to learn from so many talented and passionate people over the years.

    2 · November 26, 2015

  • Melinda M.

    One key approach that's changed over the last few years is moving away from delivering an mvp to achieving an mdp. I've just put a blog post about this up http://bit.ly/1PPmfEA

    1 · November 25, 2015

    • Melinda M.

      Agreed

      November 26, 2015

    • Paul W.

      You know, I think MVP is the most misused term in our industry. As you state Mel, and MVP is a tool for an experiment; the primary being 'do people want this thing'. So often i see MVP being used to describe generic phase 1, beta, or similar.

      November 26, 2015

  • Cathy F.

    Just found this - it is 5 years!

    From: On Behalf Of Paul Shannon
    Sent: 24 November[masked]:49
    To: HOBBS Bob G; FRENCH Catherine
    Subject: Agile Staffordshire

    Hello,
    I have been passed your details by Ronnie Lawson, he says that you are the people to talk to about the new Agile Staffordshire users group for people interested in Agile Software Development, eXtreme Programming and Software Craftsmanship. We are currently looking for members who want to learn, share and be involved in any aspect of agile software development and agile processes.

    I am an Agile Software Developer from Stafford and I have presented papers and presentations on the subject in various cities, and feel that Staffordshire could benefit from a locally formed community of like-minded agile developers, students, managers, teachers, coaches and researchers.

    1 · November 26, 2015

  • Cathy F.

    We intend to hold meetings once a month, for a couple of hours after work, in a venue in Stafford town centre.

    I hope you are able to join the group and attend some of our meetings. Please pass on the details to students or colleagues that you feel may be interested.

    Our first meeting is going to be in the second week of December, at the Pie and Ale House in Stafford, we are just deciding on an exact date at the moment. The subject matter will be Behaviour Driven Development, with a talk from an invited speaker, along with an ice breaker so that we can all introduce ourselves.

    Regards,
    Paul Shannon

    November 26, 2015

  • Andy W.

    Pin the tail-sticky on the hype donkey? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hype_cycle

    November 20, 2015

    • Andy W.

      5(/6?) years ago and now? I suspect you'd need at least 3 over-lapping copies of the chart to do this justice.

      1 · November 20, 2015

  • Trevor A.

    I'll put a little something together on how I see Agile having changed in five (or six!) years.

    November 20, 2015

  • Paul W.

    All sessions sound interesting, although I would like to see other sessions entered on the topic of how agile has changed in the past 5 years? Paul, Neil, have you any ideas that you can run remotely?

    I can do one on The Hype Cycle of TDD?

    November 18, 2015

  • Cathy F.

    If you've got room for a mini-presentation, I could do one on how Agile, and particularly Agile staffs, has changed our courses at Staffs Uni.

    1 · November 18, 2015

  • Melinda M.

    Odd request but I've written a poem 'that's not agile' that I will be adding to my blog at the end if the month but if you'll allow me I'd like to read it to you all first. I've never done this before but thought you all maybe receptive. What you think?

    2 · November 16, 2015

    • Ruth M.

      I think that's a lovely idea, Mel!

      November 16, 2015

    • Melinda M.

      Right then better get practicing how best to present it.

      1 · November 16, 2015

  • Ruth M.

    If it's not too radical, I could possibly also do something on how I'm using ideas inspired by Agile for preparing for a very important life event next year too.

    November 16, 2015

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